Do you have an affinity to both sales and technology?
IBM is seeking a Solution Sales Specialist for Resiliency Orchestration. As a member of our team, you will support sales productivity and deal progression by securing the “technical close” in complex solutions. In this role, you will collaborate with sales, service, engineering, and technical support resources to ensure proposed deals include technical solutions that accurately address customer needs, and are appropriately supported by key customer technical decision-makers. You will be responsible for achieving a signings, revenue and gross profit quota with quarterly objectives determined and agreed to mutually between the individual and management.
An ideal candidate will be a team player with the ability to adopt a leadership role where necessary. You should have technical solution expertise and a proven ability to multi-task and prioritize under pressure.
Your responsibilities in this role will include:
Works deals assigned to the sales team supported, prioritizing effort based on maximizing total impact on team productivity and profit.
Proactively scopes the technical solution required to address customer requirements, assesses customers met and unmet needs, and recommends solutions that optimize value for both the customer and the firm.
Secures input from all necessary solution stakeholders within the customer and adapts solutions, as necessary, to ensure appropriate support.
Coordinates closely with internal sales, sales support, and service resources to align solution design with customers’ business requirements.
Secures from customer technical staff commitments needed to ensure a deal’s “technical close.”
Meets assigned targets for profitable sales growth in assigned product lines, market areas, channel, or teams supported.
Opportunistically pursues additional business development opportunities with the customer. Collaborates with sales to ensure these opportunities are effectively covered and advanced.
Monitors customer support for technical solutions proposed throughout the sales process, and alerts the sales and account teams to potential risks of deal closure.
Provide first-line technical support for software evaluations and/or pilot projects
Provide answers to (technical) questions in a Request for Information(RFI) or a Request for Proposal(RFP)
Create internal software requests and POC implementation plans and monitor the approval process
Executes simple / standard POCs by themselves and asks for Delivery resources only for non-standard / complex POCs.
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Required Technical and Professional Expertise
8+ years of sales or pre-sales technical support experience in a business-to-business, large/strategic customer segment
8+ years experience presenting and demonstrating business benefits and value to a customer of a technical solution
8+ years experience translating technical and business requirements into cost-efficient solutions
4+ years experience with database techniques for data recovery
Must have 2+ years of experience selling security protection solutions
Must have 2+ years of experience and ability to plan and manage the POCs in close coordination with delivery teams
Demonstrable knowledge of Disaster Recovery as a Service products and offerings
Demonstrable knowledge of intel and open systems server platforms
Preferred Tech and Prof Experience
2+ years experience building disaster recovery plans
2+ years experience executing disaster recovery plans
Good knowledge of some of the most common databases (e.g. SQL Server, Oracle, DB2, as well as newer in-memory databases).
Good knowledge of Data Replication Technologies (e.g. SRFD, Global Mirror, etc).
Good knowledge of Virtualization technologies (e.g. VMware, Hype-V, etc).
Good knowledge on multiple OS’s (e.g. Linux, Windows, Solaris, etc).
Knowledge in the emerging technologies including Hadoop, Amazon AWS, etc.
IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.